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  • 23 Dec 2014

    Over 230 prison officers are being asked to work in other prisons in the run-up to Christmas as governors in England and Wales face a major staffing crisis.

  • 23 Dec 2014

    Ferguson is in turmoil. So is New York. And so is Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York, a long-standing institution of theological education located on the upper west side of Manhattan – or in West Harlem – since 1836. Annegreth Schilling, a German theologian currently at Union, looks at the social and political location and witness of theology in a troubled and unjust world.

  • 23 Dec 2014

    Christian leaders from four continents met for a Micah Summit at the United Nations in New York last week.

  • 23 Dec 2014

    The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland says he regrets once castigating those who only come to church at Christmas.

  • 23 Dec 2014

    At Christmas 1914, four months into World War One, British and German soldiers on the Western front laid down their weapons. They exchanged small gifts, sang carols, buried their dead, and some even kicked a football around.

  • 22 Dec 2014

    'Panic Saturday' is behind us. But the panic does not seem to have diminished greatly. The compulsion to buy and the strain of doing so is on almost every tongue. Like many Quakers, I don't give presents. This makes Christmas both easier and more demanding.

  • 22 Dec 2014

    The Scottish National Party has restated its call for powers over immigration to be transferred to Scotland.

  • 22 Dec 2014

    On 24 December 2014 an international law to regulate the global trade in armaments and ammunition enters into force.

  • 22 Dec 2014

    Advent is a time of waiting and expectation, as the possibility of revelation and revolution slowly dawns – the birth of a new era in Christ, challenging the religious, social and political assumptions of the governing empire.

  • 21 Dec 2014

    Churches in Japan "are true witnesses of Jesus Christ through their words and deeds", says WCC General Secretary Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

  • 20 Dec 2014

    The Epistle set for today speaks of “the peace of God, which passes all understanding, and that will keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of Jesus the Christ.”

  • 20 Dec 2014

    The Work and Pensions Committee has called for funding and training improvements for Access to Work, helping disabled people into employment.

  • 20 Dec 2014

    After the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons and two earlier conferences, 44 states present call for a ban on nuclear weapons.

  • 20 Dec 2014

    International controversy has been sparked by debates on sexual ethics and the treatment of minoritites. This is often portrayed as conlict between a ‘liberal’ west and ‘conservative’ south. But the reality is more complicated, says Savi Hensman

  • 20 Dec 2014

    I’ve been re-reading ‘A Christmas Carol’, and the way it resonates with present day Britain is quite remarkable. As Christmas approaches, Scrooge sits in his counting house, as he does every day, obsessed with his accounts and balancing the books, untouched and unmoved by the poverty all around him.